How to Make Play Dough
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How to Make Natural Play Dough

Course DIY
Keyword Natural Play Dough
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 ball of play dough
Author Kristin Marr


  • 2 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 2 TB avocado oil I've used avocado and olive oil with good success.
  • natural dye * optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the hot water and oil to the flour and salt mixture. If you're using a dye to color the dough, add it to the bowl (the amount you use will depend on your personal preference). Stir the dough until it forms a bowl. Once the dough begins to form a ball, knead the dough with your hands, adding more flour if it's needed. I usually end up adding 2 tablespoons of extra flour to reach my desired consistency.
  2. The play dough is best used within 7 days, especially if you live in a humid climate (hello, Florida!). I store the play dough at room temperature in an air-tight container. If the play dough gets too sticky, just knead in more flour. If the play dough gets too dry, add a drizzle of oil to the dough.